“‘Twas the Night of Nicea”

    Thanks to Cody Quirk for calling my attention to this amusing poem, which, although obviously written from a Nicene Trinitarian point of view and containing one or two grammatical infelicities, refers to a genuine incident involving the original St. Nicholas of Myra that I mentioned last year in a blog entry titled “Jolly [Read More…]

That hyper-Trumpist tenor anti-Mormon, again

    I posted a piece earlier today about a pretty obnoxious bit of extreme Trumpist anti-Mormonism.  Not the worst I’ve seen, but a helpfully sustained specimen of the toxic brew.   It turns out, though, that it comes from a closed Facebook group called ReTRUMPlicans (not, as I’ve been thinking of it, Trumper Room), which [Read More…]

A hardcore Trumpist — unsurprisingly, he’s a tenor — speaks out on Romney and the Mormons

    Some of you will, no doubt, be as impressed by the thoughtful reflections of Federico Freddy Cardella as I am:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/ReTRUMPlicans/permalink/1833069260309660/   It’s inspiring and comforting to know that our republic can boast such philosophers, such affectionate and respectful fellow citizens.  I believe that he’s produced some CDs of his singing, as well.  I wonder [Read More…]

“I Speak unto You As If Ye Were Present”

    The 188th scripture roundtable posted by the Interpreter Foundation focuses on 2016 Gospel Doctrine lesson 44, which is based upon Mormon 7-9.  Discussants include Stephen Smoot, Bruce Webster, Martin Tanner, and Beth Tracey:   Scripture Roundtable 188: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 44, “I Speak unto You As If Ye Were Present”   [Read More…]

“Don’t cancel Christmas on behalf of Muslims like me – I love it”

    An interesting column in Britain’s The Guardian:   https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/29/cancel-christmas-muslims-traditions-islamic     [Read more…]

Against secluding or withdrawing ourselves

    “Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies.  At the end all his disciples deserted him.  On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers.  For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God.  So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of [Read More…]

LDS women staying home from church out of horror at their fellow-Saints’ support of Donald Trump?

    So claims an article published in the Salt Lake Tribune:   http://www.sltrib.com/news/4655393-155/some-mormon-women-ask-how-could   “Since Donald Trump’s election,” writes Tribune columnist Paul Rolly, “I know of a few Mormon women who have stopped going to church, at least temporarily, because of the support their fellow worshippers gave a man who bragged about sexually assaulting [Read More…]

“Mormons with doubts shouldn’t give up faith without ‘intellectual and spiritual kicking and screaming'”

    To me, the Wheatley Institution and the Law School’s International Center for Law and Religion Studies are, far and away, the two most interesting centers at BYU for the academic consideration of religious questions.   Press coverage of the Wheatley Institution’s recent symposium on “Reason for Hope: Responding to a Secular World” — [Read More…]

He didn’t come to show off

    The Lord did not come to make a display. He came to heal and to teach suffering men. For one who wanted to make a display the thing would have been just to appear and dazzle the beholders. But for Him Who came to heal and to teach the way was not merely [Read More…]

Seasonal messages from the Interpreter Foundation

    A bit more than two years ago, we at the Interpreter Foundation decided to publish special Christmas and Easter messages on the Fridays nearest to those two holidays.  Unlike our usual offerings, they would be personal statements rather than scholarly treatises, appropriate (we hoped) for reading on or near those important commemorations.   It occurs [Read More…]